Roll-back tariff hikes and fulfill poll promise on solar energy, Greenpeace tells Kejriwal

Rooftop Solar can save Delhi from electricity tariff hikes

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Press release - February 3, 2014
February 4, New Delhi: With the Delhi government facing existential threat over the power crisis in the state, Greenpeace India on Monday wrote a letter to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urging him to ask the DERC to roll-back tariff hike and accelerate the work on his government’s solar vision to cushion Delhi’s aam aadmi from increasing power costs.

“Doling out subsidies has already back-fired. Many areas in Delhi are as a result reporting long outages. Though the DERC, under pressure from power discoms, has hiked tariff rates even before the CAG’s audit results are out, Delhi government’s threat to cancel discoms’ licenses is foolhardy. Delhi chief minister must act smart and promptly announce policy measures to fulfill his manifesto target of meeting 20% of Delhi’s power needs by solar,” said Abhishek Pratap, Senior Campaigner, Greenpeace India.

“Irrespective of what the CAG audit reveals, there will be no end to tariff hikes and power cuts unless generation and distribution of electricity is diversified and Delhi is made self-reliant via rooftop solar,” he added. Jolted by DERC’s tariff hike of 6-8%, Delhiites are now staring at a blackout as the central power supplier NTPC has relented to extend only a 10-day deadline to the defaulting discoms, BSES Rajdhani and BSES Yamuna, to pay their dues.

“As per the hiked tariff rate announced last week, an average household in Delhi will now pay an extra of 8% on the overall bill. An average solar rooftop installation size of 2kW-3kW will generate 350-650 units a month, earning or saving the household Rs. 3,000 approximately. Thus, it can lead to direct 30% savings depending on the usage, besides insuring the household against power cuts and incessant threats posed by discoms,” explains Pratap.

The Aam Aadmi Party in its manifesto for Delhi elections had promised incentives and subsidies to promote solar energy; and set a target of meeting 20% of Delhi’s electricity needs via solar energy by 20222. Greenpeace had written a similar letter to the Delhi government on January 3 asking him to start work on his poll promise of solar energy. “We are still waiting for their response. It is unfortunate to find that the new government has still not prioritized this to find a solution to the energy crisis in the national capital,” added Pratap.

Notes to the Editor:

  1. Attached below for your reference are the two letters addressed to Hon’ble Chief Minister, Government of NCT of Delhi, dated February 3, 2014 and January 3, 2014, sent by Greenpeace India
  2. Section of AAP manifesto on solar energy.

https://app.box.com/s/k6zzgdgv0tepbzkfo3bd

   3. Comparison of Delhi’s electricity scenario and tariff hike vis-à-vis solar energy

 

If we analyze the recent trend in electricity tariff in Delhi and the national average benchmark for solar power cost per unit (as shown below), it is absolutely clear that it’s time for solar to shine on the roofs of Delhi.

Electricity Tariff Slabs (as per August 1st 2013)

Revised Tariff Slabs ( as on 1st Feb 2014

Slabs

Energy rate/ unit

Slabs

Energy rate/unit

0-200

3.90

0-200

3.90

201-400

5.80

201-400

5.80

401-800

6.80

401-800

6.80

Above 800

7.00

Above 800

7.00

Plus a surcharge of 8% on the overall bill

National Average Benchmark price of Solar is 6.49rs/kWh



Delhi’s solar potential as found in Greenpeace’s Report: Rooftop Revolution – Unleashing Delhi’s Solar Potential

Government Buildings

339 MW

Commercial Buildings

251 MW

  Industrial Buildings

377 MW

Residential Buildings

1,243 MW

 

Comparison of solar viability in today’s power crunch scenario

If BSES Rajdhani and BSES Yamuna stop power supply, it will lead to a power crunch of 2,000MW

Only 4% of Delhi’s current rooftop area is enough to produce 2,000MW of electricity

 


For more details contact:

Abhishek Pratap, Senior Campaigner, Greenpeace India, +91-9845610749,

Neha Khator, Media Officer, Greenpeace India, +91-8800645252,

1- Letter to Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi CM, Dated Jan 3rd 2014.

2- Letter to Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi CM, Dated 3rd Feb 2014.